Cottage Grove sentinel. (Cottage Grove, Or.) 1909-current, November 22, 2017, Image 29

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    On behalf of our advertisers in this
section, 2,328 pounds of food was
donated to Community Sharing.
t’s important to remember our
neighbors struggling to provide their
families with enough food to eat. In
Cottage Grove and the surrounding
areas, lower income families can fi nd
help at Community Sharing Program.
Community Sharing is a local non-profi t
that provides community members basic
needs, life-skill tools and resources
towards self-suffi ciency. Each month an
average of 740 emergency food boxes
are distributed by Community Sharing’s
pantry. Emergency food boxes are
meant to supplement SNAP assistance
(previously called food stamps) with
a 3-5 day supply of food. As a partner
agency, Community Sharing gets over
half of its food from the county’s food
bank, Food for Lane County. The
rest is donated by local individuals,
organizations and businesses.
Historically the need for emergency food
in the fall and winter is signifi cantly
higher than in the spring and summer.
Last summer the pantry set a new record
of 836 food boxes distributed in one
month. In addition to the increased
number of our neighbors facing food
insecurity, the typical forecast from Food
for Lane County shows food distribution
to pantries will be lower for the better
part of the fi scal year. That means local
food donations are critical, now more
than ever, to meet the basic needs of
an ever increasing number of eligible
In addition to food, Community Sharing
accepts donations of essential non-food
items, such as hygiene items, clothes,
and cleaning supplies to provide to
its client families. These items aren’t
covered by SNAP assistance, but
clothes, toilet paper, diapers and soaps
are almost as vital for day-to-day living
as food.
Community Sharing also relies on
local volunteers to operate effectively.
Our board of directors is composed
of dedicated community leaders who
volunteer many hours supporting this
organization. In the pantry, volunteers
help sort the donations, stock the
shelves, and assist clients through the
pantry process. Offi ce volunteers are
needed to give out critical information,
help clients fi ll out necessary forms,
and provide a kind ear to clients on
the edge of crisis. In addition to our
current support from local volunteers,
we are always looking for volunteers
who would be willing to help stop local
hunger by organizing a food drive,
or fundraising event in Community
Sharing’s honor.
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During the coming holiday season,
Community Sharing will be offering
food box clients a special food box for
December holiday celebrations. Clients
will begin signing up for the special
food box in November. The box contains
seasonal foods and a frozen turkey or
chicken for each family. Community
sharing will be selling buttons to support
our holiday food boxes over the next
two months to help put on this special
event. We will be selling these buttons
for $10 each; please call one of our
board members or come by our offi ce to
purchase a holiday button and provide a
holiday meal to one of your neighbors.
In December, volunteers from all over
the community will help distribute the
holiday food boxes at OLPH Catholic
Church. The event is an amazing,
nondenominational display with
concerned community members coming
together to give back.
There are also a number of annual
donations drives this time of year, such
as the local U.S. Postal Service’s food
drive, Boy Scouts’ door-to-door donation
collection and the South Lane School
district’s food drive. Please consider
supporting these organizations in their
The directors, staff and volunteers at
Community Sharing would like to thank
the Cottage Grove community for their
continued support. Together we are able
to provide desperately needed basic
needs services to our community as a
result of your generosity.
To fi nd out how you can help, call
Community Sharing at 541-942-2176
Monday through Friday from 11am-
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